The Kids’ Book Corner

Kids’ book reviews and tidbits from an indie bookseller.

PODCAST: Henry in Love February 5, 2010

Filed under: New Books,Picture Books,Podcasts — kidsbookcorner @ 8:30 pm

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Henry in Love

by Peter McCarty

(Balzer & Bray, hardcover)

Recommended for ages 2-6

Peter McCarty has long been one of my favorite picture book illustrators. From Hondo & Fabian to Jeremy Draws a Monster, Peter’s books have earned a spot on many a child’s bookshelf. In his newest offering, Henry in Love, we meet Henry, a little cat who is smitten with one of his classmates.

Peter will be signing copies of his book on Sunday, February 14, 2010 at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, NY. Click here for more info.

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PODCAST: All Unquiet Things

Filed under: New Books,Podcasts,Young Adult — kidsbookcorner @ 8:26 pm

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All Unquiet Things

by Anna Jarzab

(Delacorte, hardcover)

Recommended for ages 14+

I love a good murder mystery. Set in an exclusive Northern California private school, Anna Jarzab’s All Unquiet Things is just that – a total page-turner. Jarzab’s book introduces us to Neily, a boy still dealing with the emotional ramifications of his ex-girlfriend’s murder, one year before the book starts. She had dumped him horribly, but the night she died she tried to call him, and Neily didn’t pick up. The guilt still haunts him – if he had answered the phone, could he have saved her?

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PODCAST: A Very Big Bunny

Filed under: New Books,Picture Books,Podcasts — kidsbookcorner @ 8:23 pm

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A Very Big Bunny

by Marisabina Russo

(Schwartz & Wade, hardcover)

Recommended for ages 3-6

It’s hard to be little. Or big for that matter. Kids can be mean to one another, and hurt each others’ feelings. If a child is feeling picked on for being different, a book can really come in handy to make them feel better about themselves.

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PODCAST: The Purple Kangaroo

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The Purple Kangaroo

by Michael Ian Black and Peter Brown

(Simon & Schuster, hardcover)

Recommended for ages 2-6

There are a handful of picture books that kids demand their parents read again and again each night, books whose rhythmic words and bright pictures serve more to excite than to relax before bed. Nevertheless, these are the books that kids love. Such a book is Michael Ian Black and Peter Brown’s The Purple Kangaroo.

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Yay for the ALA Award Winners! January 24, 2010

Filed under: Award Winners — kidsbookcorner @ 12:13 am

Just a quick note to say congrats to all the ALA winners! Below are the books that have been featured on the KBC this year, with links to my original reviews. You can see the full list of winners here.

WHEN YOU REACH ME - Newbery Medal

THE LION & THE MOUSE Caldecott Medal

THE ROCK & THE RIVER - Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award

MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD - Schneider Family Book Award

FLASH BURNOUT - William C. Morris Award


PODCAST: Dinosaurs Love Underpants January 5, 2010

Filed under: New Books,Picture Books,Podcasts — kidsbookcorner @ 12:18 am

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Dinosaurs Love Underpants

by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort

(Aladdin, hardcover)

Recommended for ages 2-6

Did you know that the extinction of the dinosaurs came about after a long battle over underwear? It was a surprise to me, too, when I found out, but that’s exactly how it goes down in Claire Freedman and Ben Cort’s new picture book Dinosaurs Love Underpants. Published by Aladdin, this colorful, rhyming picture book presents a hilarious take on dinosaur extinction, and it’s perfect for all those rambunctious toddlers.

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PODCAST: King Lear

Filed under: New Books,Podcasts,Young Adult — kidsbookcorner @ 12:16 am

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King Lear

by Gareth Hinds

(Candlewick, paperback)

Recommended for ages 10+

It can be really hard to get teens to read Shakespeare. Yes, they have to read Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in school, but when a play is a required assignment it is rarely enjoyed by the reader. Luckily, artist Gareth Hinds has found a way make Shakespeare’s great works accessible to teenagers. His most recent work is a graphic novel version of King Lear, published by Candlewick. As Hinds says in his book, “Shakespeare’s plays were meant to be performed, and yet their greatness rests as much on their merits as literature – on the experience they give a reader – as on their theatrical power. I think the graphic novel form is a perfect bridge between the printed word and theatrical performance.” I agree with Hinds. The next best thing to taking your kids to a performance of King Lear is to hand them this graphic novel and let them watch the story unfold.

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